Uniformity in equine drug-testing and medication use won't come easy if comments made by panelists at the University of Florida's Equine Medical Symposium are any indication. If anything, the March 15 discussion revealed splits within the racing industry and brought up the question as to whether medication is really the root of the industry's problems.
Bettors at Aqueduct on Sunday will basically be clueless when it comes to wagering on the one-mile Gotham Stakes. The two overwhelming favorites in the field of seven, Saarland and Mayakovsky, not only will be making their first start of the year, they have absolutely nothing in common.
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Irene Udouj, who owned Sundridge Farm near Fort Smith, Ark., died March 13.
Herbert L. Turner, an avid owner and breeder in North Carolina, died March 8 at the age of 72 in Winston-Salem due to a heart ailment.
A report released Thursday by the federal House Committee on Government Reform details a scheme by former Calumet Farms president J. T. Lundy to secretly share profits from a Venezuelan coal deal with President Clinton's half-brother in an effort to secure a pardon.
A field of five will contest the seven-furlong, $150,000 Swale Stakes on the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Denon, who will try to deliver yet another graded stakes win to conditioner Bobby Frankel, will carry highweight of 118 into Saturday's running of the $250,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.
If you feel there's no value in the Future Wager on the horses running this weekend, then you might want to consider looking for your value now. And D'Coach, High Star, and Puerto Banus are three horses you can have some fun with.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Johannesburg, the 2-year-old champion of 2001, emerged as the favorite after the first day of Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Bertolini, an English group winner who is standing his first season at Overbury Stud in England, will shuttle to Rich Hill Stud in Matamata, New Zealand,
Fair Grounds will host a benefit dinner on Wednesday to raise money for retired jockey Randy Romero's kidney transplant surgery.
For the third time this season, Oaklawn Park has increased purses, with the newest boost going into effect Saturday.
As Oaklawn Park prepares to enter the heart of its winter-spring season, the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack announced a third purse increase, effective March 16.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors approved a combined NTRA/Breeders' Cup operating budget of $59.3 million for 2002 during a regularly scheduled meeting at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Thursday.
A 2003 pact that would cut purses at Prairie Meadows by one-third is nearly done say racetrack and Thoroughbred officials.
Hallowed Dreams was withdrawn from Saturday's $125,000 Victoria Lass Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds due to illness. Trainer Lloyd Romero pulled her name from the field Thursday when entries were pulled.
Trainer Steve Asmussen will saddle the favorite, Descapate, in Saturday's $100,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oaklawn Park, which serves as a major prep for fillies and mares pointing toward the 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) on April 6.
Crafty Shaw looks to keep the winning ball rolling with a victory in Saturday's $100,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, but he will face a tough challenge from defending champion Mr Ross.
Peter Abruzzo and Barry Thiriot's multiple stakes winner U S S Tinosa blew out three furlongs in :36 3/5 Thursday in preparation for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
When Affirmed Success and Wrangler hook up in Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct, it will be under equal conditions. As likely co-favorites, the pair will carry 119 pounds over the seven-furlong distance.
A jocks' room altercation at Aqueduct on Thursday left Jose Espinoza with a black eye and off his final two mounts of the card.
Phantom on Tour will become the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender to take up residence at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Sunday's $200,000 Tampa Bay Derby drew a competitive field of 10, with Sam F. Davis winner Bunk N Ted taking on Hutcheson winner Showmeitall, Tropical Park Derby winner Political Attack, Sam Davis runner-up Tails of the Crypt, as well as several up-and-comers on the 3-year-old scene.
Request For Parole, the likely favorite for the March 23 Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park posted his final major workout Thursday, breezing six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 and galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26 over a fast track.
Just like that, we lost two exciting prospects from this weekend's stakes, Sunday Break and Saratoga Blues, with the latter not even on the Derby trail any longer. But now it's time to concentrate on the Florida Derby, San Felipe, Gotham, and Tampa Bay Derby.
Godolphin Racing's Tempera, the North American champion 2-year-old filly last year, finished a well-beaten second to stablemate Infinite Spirit in the $250,000 UAE One Thousand Guineas at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday night.
A new global association hopes to serve as an advocate for racehorse owners, and among its goals are standardization of veterinary procedures in all member countries and acceptance of a code of conduct for industry professionals.
Youbet.com co-founder David Marshall is investing $750,000 in the online pari-mutuel wagering service and assuming the positions of chairman and chief executive officer.
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As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared to release the results of round two of its super-testing program, the University of Florida appropriately kicked off its first Equine Medical Symposium March 14 with discussion on some therapeutic medications.
Invisible Ink finished a good second in his 4-year-old debut, rallying to finish 4 3/4 lengths behind He's a Knockout in a $40,000 allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday.
More than 400 horses will be catalogued for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training, which will be conducted on May 13 and 14 in Southern California.
Bridlestone, a filly by 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone, brought the top price of $32,000 at the Fair Grounds Sales Co.'s select juvenile auction on Tuesday at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana.
Triple Crown nominees Warners and Quest Star are entered in separate stakes races on Monday's Ocala Breeders Sales Company's six-race card. Warners, who sold for just over $1 million at the March 2001 2-year-old sale, will make is sophomore debut in the OBS Sprint Stakes, while $150,000 purchase Quest Star goes in the 1 1/16-mile OBS Championship Stakes.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Invisible Ink finished second in his 4-year-old debut Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Invisible Ink finished 4 3/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite He's a Knockout in the seven-furlong optional claiming/allowance race.
Eleven horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, but the focus clearly was on two: Florida-bred Booklet and Harlan's Holiday.
A unidentified man returned Barbara Livingston's Eclipse Award Wednesday afternoon to the offices of The Blood-Horse in Lexington, Ky. The award was stolen at the awards ceremony Feb. 18 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.
Robert T. Manfuso's unbeaten Belterra, a graded stakes winner as a 2-year-old last year, makes her 2002 debut against five rivals in Friday's $250,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II).
Trainer David Hofmans put Amerman Racing Stable's Triple Crown hopeful Siphonic through his final preparations for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) with a half-mile work in :47 from the gate shortly after Santa Anita's renovation break on Wednesday.
A bill allowing slot machines or video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks was kept alive Wednesday by an important procedural vote in a House committee.
Ogden Phipps' Traditionally, one of three grade I winners from unbeaten champion Personal Ensign, has been retired from racing
"He's leavin' town," was all Gary Stevens' agent Brian Beach told Santa Anita stakes coordinator Rick Hammerle Wednesday afternoon, in regard to Sunday Break's status is Sunday's San Felipe Stakes.
The "Economic Stimulus" package signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 9 includes new depreciation provisions that can be beneficial for horse purchases. And, the new rules apply back to purchases after Sept. 11 of last year.
The Racing Association of Central Iowa gave itself two weeks to decide if it can put together a viable offer to purchase the Prairie Meadows property from Polk County.
To help sort out the contenders from the pretenders for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin has listed the horses to look for in coming weeks.
Bien Bien, a $2.3 million earner and sire of millionaire Bienamado, died of a heart attack immediately after covering a mare the morning of March 12 at Kirtlington Stud in England.
Trainer Tony Dutrow and owner Alvin Akman have agreed not to push the undefeated Saratoga Blues to make the Kentucky Derby, and will point for the Lane's End Spiral Stakes March 23 to determine if the son of Twining is Preakness caliber.
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